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A FIFA World Cup™ of Firsts

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Let’s celebrate the stats!

Argentina’s Lionel Messi lifting the famous trophy for the first time, capped an amazing culmination of firsts for the region, bringing energy and excitement to the tournament of a lifetime.

Fans could attend multiple tournament matches per day A fully demountable FIFA World Cup™ venue was used: Stadium 974 An all-female trio officiated in the tournament
A multi-song Official Soundtrack was created An Official Mascot could talk – introducing La’eeb™! Stadiums were fitted with air conditioning to keep players and fans cool The FIFA World Cup™ took place in the Arab world

It was easy come and easy go for fans who needed special support, as Qatar ensured accessibility was a priority from the outset. Every experience was highly rated, a hit with the fans and families – from the buses to the stands. Access all areas!

  • 22,509 accessibility tickets were sold and 19,728 free tickets were provided for companions
  • The first FIFA World Cup™ to offer audio descriptive commentary for blind and partially sighted fans available globally through the internet
  • The first FIFA World Cup™ to provide sensory rooms for people with autism and other sensory requirements
  • Deployment of more than 800 low-floor buses with ramped access as part of the public transport system